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Enjoy nature with us! Is not just Birding, are amazing nature holidays!


Enjoy nature with us!

Is not just Birding, are amazing nature holidays

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Trampolin de las Aves - Birding Tour Colombia

Southern Colombia

Southern Colombia

per person

Colombia reflects its complex and unique topography, geography, and geology in a wide range of different ecosystems. Due to this variety, bird speciation has occurred throughout the territory. In the south of Colombia, the Andes are an orographic complex and constitute a single mountainous massif (The Colombian Massif), which further splits and rising into the three Andean chains or “cordilleras” (Western, Central, and Eastern).


The landscapes of the Southern Colombian Andes are dominated by High-Mountain ecosystems including the amazing Chiles, Cumbal, and Azufral volcanoes, La Cocha lagoon, and the high Sibundoy valley. To the east of the Sibundoy valley, the Andes descend abruptly towards the Amazon following “El Trampolin” route, a path full of dizzying biodiversity that zigzags in the high Andean forest to find the ecosystems of the Amazonian foot lands where´s in effect the entrance to the Amazon Rainforest. Towards the west of the valley, the route descends meandering among High-Andean and Andean Forests, humid tropical jungle of the western chain of the Andes, to make its way to the Pacific coast.


The almost intact forests, the combination of landscapes, and the confluence of ecosystems here, lead to incredible biodiversity, especially of birds. During our visit, you will have the opportunity to bird watch in different ecosystems. We will cross virgin forests with rugged topography, explore the Amazonian foothills and the Andean-Amazonian transition while contemplating the beautiful landscapes of the Andean valleys in the Colombian Massif (Above 3000 m.a.s.l). In addition, you will observe birds in the southwestern corner of the country overlooking the Pacific Ocean plus the unique bird-community of the Tropical rainforests in the Biogeographical Chocó area.

Key Species

 Amazonian Umbrellabird
 Andean Cock of the Rock
 Andean Condor
 Andean Duck
 Andean Gull
 Andean Lapwing
 Andean Pygmy-Owl
 Back-eared Fairy
 Bar-crested Antshrike
 Beautiful Jay
 Black-billed Mountain Toucan
 Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle
 Black-faced Dacnis
 Black-fronted Nunbird
 Black-mandibled Toucan
 Black-streaked Puffbird
 Black-tailed Trainbearer
 Black-throated Tody-tyrant
 Blue-crowned Trogon
 Blue-rumped Manakin
 Brown Wood-Rail
 Carunculated Caracara
 Chestnut-bellied Cotinga
 Chestnut-bellied Thrush
 Chestnut-eared Aracari
 Choco Tapaculo
 Choco Toucan
 Choco Tyrannulet
 Choco Vireo
 Cinereous Conebill
 Cloud-forest Pygmy-Owl
 Colombian Chachalaca
 Coopery-chested Jacamar
 Crimson-mantled Woodpecker
 Deep-blue Flowerpiercer
 Double-toothed Kite
 Dusky Antbird
 Dusky-headed Brush-Finch
 Ecuadorian Ground-Dove
 Ecuadorian Tyrannulet
 Emerald-bellied Puffleg
 Epaulet Oriole
 Gilded Barbet
 Glistening-green Tanager
 Golden-breasted Puffleg
 Golden-collared Toucanet
 Golden-crowned Tanager
 Golden-eared Tanager
 Golden-plumed Parakeet
 Green-tailed Trainbearer
 Grey-breasted Mountain Toucan
 Lettered Aracari
 Lined Antshrike
 Magpie Tanager
 Masked Mountain Tanager
 Moss-backed Tanager
 Musician Wren
 Noble Snipe
 Ocellated Tapaculo
 Ochraceous Attila
 Opal-rumped Tanager
 Orange-eared Tanager
 Orange-fronted Barbet
 Ornate Hawk-Eagle
 Pacific Flatbill
 Paradise Tanager
 Plain-backed Antpitta
 Powerfull Woodpecker
 Purple-backed Thornbill
 Rainbow-bearded Thornbill
 Red-bellied Grackle
 Rufous-crested Tanager
 Rufous-headed Chachalaca
 Saffron-crowned Tanager
 Scarlet-bellied Mountain Tanager
 Scrub Tanager
 Short-billed Bush-Finch
 Sierran Elaenia
 Slate-coloured Coot
 Spectacled Whitestar
 Stipple-throated Antwren
 Stout-billed Cinclodes
 Subtropical Doradito
 Subtropical Pygmy-Owl
 Sword-billed Hummingbird
 Tawny Antpitta
 Turquoise Tanager
 Vermilion Tanager
 Violaceous Jay
 Violet-crowned Brilliant
 Whiskered Wren
 White-backed Fire-eye
 White-capped Deeper
 White-chinned Thistletail
 White-fronted Nunbird
 White-plumed Antbird
 White-rimmed Brush-finch
 Wing-barred Piprites
 Wire-crested Thorntail
 Yellow-billed Pintail
 Yellow-throated Bush-Finch
 Yellow-throated Tanager


  • Observe birds on both flanks of the Andes, the Amazon jungle and the Pacific.

  • The incredible “el trampoline” road that winds through the Andean-Amazon foothills.

  • Laguna de la Cocha, of glacial origin on the Andes and the second largest in the country.

  • Walk inside the incredible primary forest of the Ñambi river.

  • Popayán, the white city of Colombia.

  • Enjoy the beautiful beaches of the Pacific Ocean in Tumaco.

  • Destination
  • Departure
    Bogota DC IATA: BOG / Bogota DC IATA: BOG
  • Dress Code
    This is a fairly standard birding tour with early morning starts and evening finishes to each day. One some days we may take picnic lunches in order to no waste time during the middle of the day or having to leave site. The weather can be unpredictable with rain and sunshine both likely. At higher altitudes it can be chilly. We have an amazing photo opportunity for many species of hummingbirds and other species coming to feeders, we will also be looking for a good number of species that are very rare and seldom seen, but we will be going to areas that hold these sought-after species.
  • Included
    Accomodation in Double Room
    All 4x4 vehicules or boats
    All domestic flights
    All ground private transportation
    All meals B-L-D
    Colombian Event Insurance
    Entrances to all natural reserves
    Hot drinks
    Private transfer Airport - hotel - aiport
    Professional Private Birding Guide
    Professional Private Driver
    Single room - adicional pay
    Snaks and water
    Soda or juice with each meal
    Vegan and Vegetarian menus
  • Not Included
    Activities not included in the itinerary
    Alcoholic drinks
    Extensions of a trip due to circumstances beyond our control
    International flights and taxes
    International phone calls
    Laundry service
    Medical expenses (not covered for evet insurance)
    Room service
    Tips or gratuity


Day 1. Arrival to Bogota / Bogota
Day 2. Flight to Popayan, Quebrada Clarete & Cerro de la Eme / Popayan
Day 3. Condores de Purace & PNN Purace / Popayan
Day 4. Transfer to Pitalito, birding on the road / Pitalito
Day 5. El Encanto and Drymophila Reserve / Pitalito
Day 6. Transfer Mocoa, Birding on the road Km 51 / Mocoa
Day 7. Rumiyaco y Andes Forest / Mocoa
Day 8. Puerto Asis & Playa Rica / Mocoa
Day 9. Finca El Escondite all day / Night in Mocoa
Day 10. Biodiversity “Trampoline” / Mocoa
Day 11. Biodiversity “Trampoline” to San Francisco (Highlands) / La Cocha
Day 12. Bordoncillo Moorlands & Laguna de la Cocha / Pasto
Day 13. Grasslands Pasto & Ipiales Dry Forest, transfer Junin / Junin
Day 14. La Planada Natural Reserve / Junin
Day 15. Rio Ñambi Natural Reserve / Junin
Day 16. Bangsias Natural Reserve & Cotingas, transfer Tumaco / Tumaco
Day 17. Maragricola & Agrosavia Candelillas / Night in Tumaco
Day 18. Bocagrande Beach / Tumaco
Day 19. Mangroves of Tumaco, flight to Bogota / Bogota
Day 20. Flight home from Bogotá

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